Last week this unusual wall mount corkscrew was listed on our favorite auction site. Seeing the corkscrew with a bell was quite intriguing. I definitely wanted to have it in the collection.
I pulled out Fred’s book and was able to identify it as a 1929 American patent by Frank A. Topping. Sweet! Now all I had to do was win the bid.
Over the years I have grown to love placing bids with a sniper bidding service. It’s easy to do, it’s cheap, you don’t have to be online all night waiting for a listing to end, and quite a reliable service. Very best of all, it takes emotional bidding out of the equation. The only catch is that YOU have to set it at least 6 minutes before the listing ends. That didn’t happen this evening.
I was clicking through my bookmarks, scouring various auction sites, and checking the watch list for most of the day. As the Unis listing grew closer to an end, I noticed that bids were starting to come in. It was over $70, whereas it was around $15 this morning. Emotion quickly kicked in.
6 min $95 – outbid
5 min $104 – Outbid
5 min $114 – Outbid
5 min $120 – Outbid
2 min $135 – Outbid
20 sec $145 – Outbid
Snipe, snipe, snipe, snipe! Hat’s off to JM with a winning bid of $284.99! Yup, I was the 5th under bidder on this one. Maybe next time…